As part of Memphis record label Stax Records, massive 60th anniversary reissue campaign they have reissued the soundtrack to blaxploitation film Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song.
Written, produced, directed and even starring Melvin Van Peebles himself in 1971. The film's soundtrack featured a then unknown Earth, Wind and Fire who had worked alongside Van Peebles to compose the soundtrack together. The soundtrack had also foreshadowed the use of sampling in hip hop through alternating hymn-based vocalization and jazz rhythms.
The film was ahead of its time in that Van Peebles had considered the soundtrack as an integral part of the film as quoted, "Most filmmakers look at a feature in terms of image and story or vice versa. Effects and music [...] are strictly secondary considerations. Very few look at film with sound considered as a creative third dimension. So I calculate the scenario in such a way that sound can be used as an integral part of the film."
Born on 25th April 1917, Ella Fitzgerald is often regarded as one of the most important and influential jazz vocalists of all time, becoming highly synonymous with countless jazz standards.
Remastered by Ron McMaster at Capitol Studios in Hollywood where the album was originally recorded in 1959 under the supervision of Verve Records founder Norman Granz. The box set will consist of the original 5 LP album with a new 10-inch instrumental EP. Which includes orchestra tracks and additional session material, one of which is a mono alternate take of "Oh! Lady Be Good!" on vinyl for the first time ever.
The set also includes replicas of the five lithographs by French impressionist painter Bernard Buffet and a hardcover book, Words And Music, which has been updated with additional historical information and an afterword by noted author David Ritz.
The album's title is a reference to the length of time it took Arrested Development to get a record contract. Choosing to focus on spirituality, peace and love. The album stood out in a time where gangsta rap was the most prevalent form of hip hop on the airwaves. The popularity of the album marked the beginning of Southern Hip Hop's rise in the mainstream.
Hit charting singles off this album are 'People Everyday', 'Mr. Wendal' and 'Tennessee'. With 'Tennessee' being listed on the The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll list.
For this reissue, Music On Vinyl has pressed the album on 180 gram audiophile vinyl, with the first 2,000 pressings on white vinyl with remaining copies on black vinyl. An insert with song lyrics will also be included.
Described by Kool Keith as 'sci-fi, science and sex. And cannibalism, mixed. Space, sex and ‘Psycho,’ all at the same time.' Dr. Octagonecologyst is definitely one of the most unique alternative rap records of all time and for its 20th anniversary it will be getting a deluxe reissue treatment by Get On Down.
Dr. Octagonecologyst was the solo debut of Ultramagnetic MCs' Kool Keith under his Dr. Octagon persona. Featuring production work by Dan "The Automator" Nakamura and KutMasta Kurt, and not forgetting the fiery turntable acrobatics of DJ Qbert. The album is one of the most influential independent rap records, often cited as revitalising the alternative hip hop scene in the mid-90s. With critics praising for its abstract, avant-garde lyrics and clever blending of psychedelic, trip hop, horrorcore, and electronic music elements.
The album will be housed in a custom octagonal box featuring original cover artwork by Pushead, 40 page liner notes booklet and 5 additional unreleased songs only available for this reissue.
The reissue is set to drop in early May.
Check out the video to 'Blue Flowers' off the album.
Hustle! Reggae Disco which was originally released in 2002 will be back in print with an expanded edition featuring five additional tracks across 3LPs. It features reggae versions of original funk and soul classics in a disco style and went on to be one of their best selling compilations, not to mention it was also featured heavily in early Grand Theft Auto games.
Some of its highlights include reggae disco covers of seminal classics by Anita Ward (‘Ring My Bell’), Chaka Khan (‘I’m Every Woman’), Michael Jackson ‘Don’t Stop ‘til You Get Enough,’ Sugarhill Gang (‘Rappers Delight’).
Release date is set for 3rd March.
Check out Xanudu and Sweet Lady's cover of Sugarhill Gang's 'Rappers Delight' off the album below.
01. Blood Sisters – Ring My Bell 02. Derrick Laro and Trinity – Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough 03. Chariot Riders – Do It Nice & Easy 04. Black Harmony – Don’t Let It Go To Your Head 05. Latisha – I’m Every Woman 06. Ernest Ranglin – In The Rain 07. Family Choice – Reggae Beat Goes On 08. Risco Connection – Ain’t No Stopping Us Now 09. Xanadu and Sweet Lady – Rappers Delight 10. Sharon Forrester – Love Don’t Live Here Any More 11. Carol Cool – Upside Down 12. One Blood – Be Thankful For What You’ve Got 13. Charmaine Burnett – Am I The Same Girl
Famed beatnik writer Jack Kerouac's debut spoken word album Poetry for the Beat Generation will be reissued for the first time ever since its 1959 release via Real Gone Music.
The album will be pressed on black and white "beatnik smoke" vinyl limited to 900 copies. Featuring TV personality and musician Steve Allen on piano, the collaboration came about after Allen had rescued Kerouac from a disastrous first set at the Village Vanguard.
According to the label "the duo’s collaboration was so impressive that legendary engineer Bob Thiele brought them into the studio to record an album for Dot Records". With the entire album being recorded in just one session and one take for each song. However, Dot’s President Randy Wood rejected the album due to its then-daring language and subject matter. Leading Thiele to leave and start Hanover Records with Allen and subsequently release the record in 1959.
For the first time in 20 years, Ahmad Jamal's highly influential and heavily sampled 1970 album The Awakening will be reissued by Be With Records.
The deep trio session was recorded in NYC and originally released on Impulse!, featuring masterful Zen like playing from Jamal which influenced the likes of Miles Davis and Wynton Kelly in their own performance on another landmark jazz album, Kind of Blue.
The album has also left an indelible mark on hip hop, becoming a sampling goldmine for some of the best tracks from its golden era. Tracks such as Nas' "The World Is Yours", Gang Starr's "DJ Premier In Deep Concentration" and Common's "Resurrection" would have sounded different if not for this record.
For this edition, Be With Records presents a gatefold release with the stunning original artwork and liner notes true to the original package. Pressed on 180 gram vinyl with mastering by Simon Francis.
After Death Waltz's much teased reissue of the Twin Peaks soundtrack this year, it's prequel Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me will likewise finally be reissued on wax come January.
The label had teased the release with a tweet quoting Twin Peaks’ character Donna Hayward “If I had a nickel for every cigarette your mom smoked, I’d be dead,”. The soundtrack also features compositions by Angelo Badalamenti and includes vocal contributions by jazz singer Jimmy Scott and dream-pop artist Julee Cruise.
This release will surely tide fans over till the long awaited revival hits screens next year.
Long out of print and highly sought after, The Other People Place's Lifestyles Of The Laptop Café will be reissued by Warp.
After mounting pressure from fans petitioning Warp to reissue the album, which had received over a thousand signatures. The label will finally be reissuing the LP on double vinyl, slated to hit on 10th February.